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Manuscripts by Subject - Indians of North America - #10059

Title: Ernst R. Steinbrueck

Dates: 1904-1917

Collection Number: 10059

Quantity: 3.5 feet (including oversize in map case drawer)/1 microfilm roll #16069

Abstract: Correspondence, drawings, maps, and manuscripts including, "My Red Brother," primarily dealing with the Mandan Indians, written by former archaeologist and curator of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

The collection was separated out of the O. G. Libby Papers at the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

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Related Collections:
Series 30205 State Historical Society. Curator's Correspondence
MSS 10085 Orin G. Libby
00105 Orin G. Libby Photograph Collection

Mandan Pioneer, February 1, 1918

In the death of E. R. Steinbrueck, the announcement of which was briefly made in Friday evening's issue, there passed away one of the best known residents of Morton County a man of bright intellect, and one widely informed, a writer of note, and one whose services to the state as an archaeologist have been of inestimable value.

Ernest Rheinhold Steinbrueck was born in Düsseldorf on the Rhine in 1833. His father was a noted artist and many of his paintings adorn the salons of European capitals. The family moved to Berlin when he was still a child, and there he was educated and completed his education at Eldnau university.

In 1865 Mr. Steinbrueck was married to Valeska Melitz, and the young couple immediately started for America, locating in Ontario, where they engaged in farming for a number of years, later locating in Cleveland, where Mr. Steinbrueck was editor of a German newspaper Stimme de Wahrheit. in 1883 the family came to Glen Ullin, when that country was pretty near a wilderness and immediately took up a claim. They lived there for seven years and in 1890 moved to Mandan [where they resided until Steinbrueck's death].

For many years, Mr. Steinbrueck pursued his studies, devoting himself particularly to archaeological research, and he has been a valued contributor to not only the North Dakota Historical Society but to the standard works all over the United States, and he has made valuable additions to the museums of this and other states, of Indian relics. He has been a contributor to many of the German papers in the United States, confining himself more particularly to scientific subjects. He also published a book, My Red Brother, but owing to the difficulties encountered with the publisher it was never very widely circulated, although it was a most valuable historical record.

As a young man, Mr. Steinbrueck served three years in the German navy but was never engaged in active warfare.

Mr. Steinbrueck was a man who was held in high esteem by those who knew him best. He was of a genial disposition and his wide range of information on various topics made him an interesting conversationalist. In his early youth, he spoke eight languages, many of them as fluently as his native tongue. He has traveled extensively and he greatly enjoyed relating many of his experiences of early days.

There were born to Mr. and Mrs. Steinbrueck thirteen children, ten of whom, with the widow, and twenty-six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren [survived Steinbrueck]. The children included Mrs. Jos. Beisinger and Mrs. George Hubbard of Billings (Mont.), Anthony J. Steinbrueck, Dickinson (N.D.), Rheinold J. Steinbrueck of Helena (Mont.), Mrs. Gertrude Brown, Missoula (Mont.), John and Otto Steinbrueck (Auburn, Wash.), and Edward, William and George Steinbrueck of Mandan (N.D.). For many years the family lived in the Syndicate addition but owing to his enfeebled state, they gave up their home about a year [before his death], and Mr. Steinbrueck made his home with his son George, and Mrs. Steinbrueck with their son William.


Box 1:
1 Copies of correspondence W. K. Moorehead and Charles Peabody of Phillips Exeter Academy, Andover MA regarding sale of his Mandan artifacts 1909-1911
2 Correspondence 1906-1917
3 The History of the German-Russians in the West Missouri Country of North Dakota, Their Characteristics, Costumes and Success. Compiled from history, from verbal information and from observations by 1908?
4 My Red Brother, pp.1-200 1908-1910
5 My Red Brother, pp.201-368 1908-1910
6 My Red Brother – diagrams 1908-1910
7 maps and drawings 1904, 1908
8 Early History of Sanger, Oliver County, ND; The first white men and first Christian missionary in the Upper Missouri slope; misc 1907, n.d.

Sketch of solitary lodge at Fort Clark (surveyed, drawn and fireplace taken up by E.R. Steinbrueck),  June 1904 (copy)
Sketch of the "Steinbrueck Site" (SE2 of NE4 Section 30, Township 136, Range 78), August 1904 (copy)
Sketch of "Arikara Fort," August 1905 (measured and drawn by E.R. Steinbrueck) (copy)
12 page inventory of the Steinbrueck Collection of Mandan Indian Relics (he appears to be offering the collection to the SHSND) (copies)
"Plat of Indian Village Sites, Hunting Camps and Some of Lewis & Clarks Camps Found, Explored and Located by E.R. Steinbrueck, Mandan (N.D.) along the Missouri River, 1902-1908" and map key (copy)

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